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Winter at Platak: A Guide to Adventures in the Croatian Mountain Resort

Stepping into the enchanting realm of Platak, we were instantly captivated by the breathtaking scenery that unfolded before us. We experienced weaving a tapestry of natural beauty and adventure that left us utterly delighted. 

So, imagine this – you’re in Platak, this awesome mountain resort not far from the buzzing city of Rijeka in Croatia. Nestled in the Gorski Kotar region, it’s like a nature lover’s dream come true. The whole place is surrounded by these breathtaking natural landscapes, and there’s this contagious outdoor vibe in the air. 

Winter at Platak: A Guide to Adventures in the Croatian Mountain Resort

And get this – Platak is right there on the slopes of Mount Risnjak. So, you’ve got this perfect mix of mountains and adventure waiting for you. In the winter, it’s all about skiing and snowboarding – they’ve got slopes for all skill levels, making it a winter sports haven. 

But here’s the kicker – Platak isn’t just a winter wonderland. When the snow melts away, the hiking trails open up. Picture this: you’re out there, surrounded by lush greenery, exploring nature at its finest. It’s not just a place; it’s an experience.  

Platak has this magnetic pull that keeps outdoor enthusiasts coming back for more. It’s like a hidden gem, just a stone’s throw away from the lively city of Rijeka

Our Winter Escape to Platak's Enchanting Haven

We found ourselves on the doorstep of Platak, a gem tucked near the vibrant city of Rijeka. Just a stone’s throw away from Rijeka, this mountainous haven sits about 20 kilometers to the north. The journey by car, winding through scenic routes, takes roughly 30 minutes, though the exact spot in Rijeka matters. 

Sure, there might be some public transport options, but let’s be real – the freedom of the open road is hard to beat. We opted for the convenience of our own wheels, making it easier to explore not only Platak but also the captivating areas that surround it. 


Now, let’s talk about the heart-pounding adventures. Platak is this winter wonderland, a haven for snow enthusiasts. Picture this: skiing and snowboarding on slopes tailored for every skill level. But here’s the twist – Platak isn’t a one-season wonder. When the snow melts away, the place transforms into a hiking paradise. Trails winding through scenic landscapes and lush forests make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. 

And the cherry on top? Platak doesn’t just invite you for a day trip; it opens its arms for a cozy stay. Mountain lodges and cottages dot the landscape, offering a comfortable retreat amidst the mountains. 


Of course, with great adventures come great responsibilities. Checking the latest road conditions, especially during winter when the snowflakes dance around, is a smart move. We found that reaching out to the local tourism offices or diving into online resources kept us in the loop about activities, accommodations, and any events brewing up in the Platak area. 

So, there it is – our journey to Platak, a story woven with the thrill of winter sports, the tranquility of hiking, and the comfort of mountain stays. An experience that’s not just a visit; it’s a tale we’ll be telling for a while. 

The Start Date of The Ski Season

The commencement of the ski season is inherently uncertain, contingent upon weather conditions. However, amidst the unpredictability, one certainty prevails at Platak. Despite a general surge in prices and the introduction of a new cable car, the cost of ski tickets remains steadfast. 

Winter at Platak: A Guide to Adventures in the Croatian Mountain Resort

A weekend day pass for skiing on any of the seven tracks at Platak, covering a total length of 6,800 meters, will stand at 22 euros – mirroring last year’s rate. Moreover, Platak continues to offer budget-friendly dining options. Meals at Veliki dom Platak are ranging from seven to ten euros, while a comfortable bed and breakfast package can be enjoyed at 24 euros per person. 

New Cable Car and Unchanged Ski Ticket Prices Promise an Elevated Alpine Experience

Amidst the general rise in costs and the introduction of a new cable car, the prices for ski tickets at Platak remain steady. The weekend-day ticket is holding at 22 euros. This winter promises an enhanced skiing experience on Platak. A state-of-the-art cable car, spanning 800 meters and equipped with 114 seats, is now operational, capable of transporting up to 2,400 skiers per hour. While the older cable car, with a maximum capacity of 900 skiers per hour, is not retired, it stands by for potential scenarios where its usage may be warranted. 

Winter at Platak: A Guide to Adventures in the Croatian Mountain Resort

The substantial investment in the new cable car totals 4.8 million euros, bringing the decade-long investment in the Platak ski resort to an impressive 15 million euros. Among the notable investments was the installation of snow cannons in 2020, contributing to 74 days of skiing last winter. Although natural snowfall is yet to occur, the snow cannons are poised for action. When four consecutive days with temperatures below four degrees Celsius and air humidity between 60-70 percent align, Platak will transform into a snowy landscape courtesy of artificial snow. 

Your CTC Team

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